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The Guidelines on Cyber Security onboard Ships

Update: 11 Feb 2019

The first version of the Industry Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships was published in 2016, with version 2 in July 2017 and version 3 in December 2018.

The Industry Guidelines are designed to develop understanding and awareness of key aspects of cyber security and cyber safety and are not intended to give technical guidance for the ship or personnel on board. The Industry Guidelines focus on distinctive issues onboard ships and assume a high level of commitment from the company ashore.

Version 3 of the Industry Guidelines was developed by a wide range of stakeholders including shipowners, ship managers, cyber security specialists, communication experts, producers of radio communications equipment, and insurance experts. The stakeholders have been listed in Annex 5 of the Industry Guidelines.

The Industry Guidelines now give guidance on how to incorporate cyber risk management into the company’s SMS pursuant to resolution MSC.428 (98) at the first annual verification of the company’s Document of Compliance after 1 January 2021 and have been aligned with the guidelines in MSC-FAL.1/Circ.3.

The most important amendments to Version 3 of the Industry Guidelines include.

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